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adapted after William Faulkner by
Kara Lee Corthron, Libby Emmons, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Rehana Lew Mirza, Cori Thomas & Pia Wilson


Workshop Production (2017) / Photo: David Andrako

Workshop Production (2017) / Photo: David Andrako

“A multi-authored adaptation of William Faulkner's masterpiece novel, following the Bundren family's journey across stormy state plains to honor their mother's dying wish. With Live Source's signature stylistic and immersive design, this production will bring audiences through Faulkner's dense and emotional odyssey, drenched in a rural, southern gothic world.”


We need you.

Our premiere is around the corner. The stage is set, the cast is waiting in the wings.

This is where you come in.

To mount a show of this scale in New York is no small feat: our Off-Broadway production is expected to cost over $100,000.00. This includes the costs of a giant set, immersive video projections of a raging river, custom built period-appropriate costumes, and everything in between. Thankfully, the majority of this is funded due to generous support from foundations, the city and state of New York, and patrons like you.

This Spring, our premiere of AS I LAY DYING received the gold standard in grant awards and national recognition: a NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ArtWorks grant, propelling us into action, and our premiere date onto the books.

With the first performance just a few short months away, it is up to our loyal patrons to help us make this premiere happen.


Join us…

And so, we ask you to join us, and the Bundrens, on the long road to Jefferson, by sponsoring a character.

By underwriting one of the family members below, you are bringing these colorful, intense and iconic characters to life: putting Faulkner’s legendary words into a living, breathing person on the stage of a New York theatre.

Only one sponsorship per character is available, so join now. Every sponsor will be thanked on the program pages next to their underwritten character. Please see additional sponsorship details below.

Become part of the Faulkner legacy today.


All Sponsors Receive

  • Invitation for you and a guest to the World Premiere Opening Night, with VIP gift bag that includes rare initial costume sketches for the play, the pre-published edition of our stage adaptation script, and a copy of the 2019 conference volume published by the University Press of Mississippi, which includes Live Source Theatre Group’s essay on “Adapting Faulkner for the Stage.”

  • Meet & Greet with the actor portraying the role you’ve sponsored

  • Acknowledgement in the program for the entirety of the run, as such: “The character of ______ is generously sponsored by (YOUR NAME HERE).”

  • Legacy Gifts/Sponsorships Available

  • Acknowledgement on the main sponsors portion of our website, programs and posters.

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Dewey Dell


Dewey Dell Bundren, the daughter of Anse and Addie Bundren, is perhaps one of the most tragic figures of the Bundren saga. Just as the story tracks the family’s journey to bury Addie, it also tracks Dewey Dell’s journey from a girl to a woman. Initially stomped upon by her father and brothers, we witness her bravery, fierce loyalty, and resolve in the face of the unfathomable.

"What am I gonna do? I need you to help me. I can’t tell Pa. Or them boys. I don’t have nobody. Lafe tole me it’s sump’n you can git at the drug store. He tole me. He say I gotta ask for it. Gotta ask for it. I’m so shamed. He gi’me money. It pinned in my dress. Don’t go away, Mama. I don’t have nobody.

-Dewey Dell Bundren

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Addie is the matriarch, the spine, the gravitational center of the piece. In her brief time with us, we watch as she makes peace with her farm, her family and life in Yoknapatawpha, then watching over us, as she tells us the story of how it all came to be. In one of the most expanded roles in our stage adaptation, Addie Bundren, in death, truly comes to life.

The reason for living is to get ready to stay dead a long time.

-Addie Bundren

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Often the most reviled character of the saga, Anse Bundren is an enigma. Bumbling, selfish, lazy and hypocritical, Anse is also the comic relief of the play. With these two sides of him, the audience learns to love, laugh and seethe at the man whose one purpose seemingly is to “get them teeth.”

Was there ere such an unfortunate man…

-Anse Bundren



The lyrical, passionate and the most misunderstood child of Addie, Darl Bundren is in his own world of imagery and foresight as he continually searches for meaning in the wake of his mother’s death.

How often since I left my mother’s warmth have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.

-Darl Bundren

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Precise. Mathematical. Selfless. Soulful. These are the words which are often used to describe Cash Bundren, the oldest son of Anse and Addie. A man of few words, Cash ceaselessly spends the days before his mother’s death making her coffin, demonstrating his attention to detail and his very particular way of expressing affection.

Sometimes I aint so sho who’s got ere a right to say when a man is crazy and when he aint…It’s like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it’s the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.

-Cash Bundren

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If Cash Bundren is the calm, steady hand of the story, Jewel is the fire. A passionate, driven and often angry young man, Jewel is the product of an illegitimate affair between Addie and the town priest. Misunderstood, independent, and practically an outcast, Jewel often seems like the only family member who truly seeks to bury his mother for the right reasons.

It would just be me and her on a high hill and me rolling the rocks down the hill at their faces, picking them up and throwing them down the hill, faces and teeth and all by God until she was quiet and not that goddamn adze going One lick less. One lick less and we could be quiet

-Jewel Bundren

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Excitable, young, naive, and unfiltered, Vardaman is the youngest child of Addie Bundren. A vulnerable six year old who desperately loves his mother and siblings, Vardaman asks the same existential questions as Darl, capturing the spirit of Faulkner’s magical South, and the hearts of readers and audience members.

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June 10, 2015: Rehearsal with the novel at A.R.T./New York
March 5-19, 2016: Script Workshop at The Mark Morris Dance Center
March 20 - April 2, 2016: Design Lab at 3LD Art + Technology Center (invited showings April 1-2)
October 30 - November 6, 2016: Script Workshop at A.R.T./New York
November 6-11, 2016: Design Lab at 3LD Art + Technology Center
March 4-19, 2017: Rehearsals at A.R.T./New York
March 20-31, 2017: Workshop Residency at BRIC Arts | Media House (presentations March 30-31)
December 8-13, 2018: Script Workshop at Ma-Yi Theater Company
July 20-25, 2019: Research and Filming in Oxford, Mississippi
July 24, 2019: Presentation at the Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

Artistic Adviser/Faulkner Consultant: Dr. Elizabeth Cornell

Produced by Live Source Theatre Group

AS I LAY DYING was commissioned and developed by Live Source Theatre Group, and made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the A.R.T./New York Theatre Leadership Program, supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. AS I LAY DYING received additional development support from Ma-Yi Theater Company, 336 Residencies at 3LD Art + Technology Center, and a BRIClab Residency at BRIC (Brooklyn, NY).